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  1. V

    A Beginner to Beginner Advice - Plus "Thank You!"

    I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of the amazing, inspirational tort owners and the helpful information I've received on this site. (Long post - strap in) I spent a long time considering what animal to get as a pet. I live in rented accommodation and a cat or dog would not be...
  2. C

    Set up for a Rescued Russian

    Hello all Tortoise lovers! I am in need of help and guidance.... Recently, I went to a local, reputable, reptile pet shop, to buy a baby (1 year old) Tortoise. As my sister did 3 years ago, and her little Russian Tort (Cinders) is ace. When I got there I was introduced to an adult male who had...
  3. FlowerzTrolls

    New and First timer :)

    Well Hello Everyone! Here's a little background on me.. I have been a absolute HUGE animal lover my entire life (well over 30 years now! LOL ). Even collecting frogs and tads out of a pond as early as the age of 3 and riding horses since I was about 8 years old :) My family is pretty much all...
  4. Kim&Tim

    Hi😀👋

    My name is Kimberley and my five year old Horsfield is Tim, Timmie aka little hooligan. I have Timmie since January and he's a rescue. He's had a bad life, he was bred in the Netherlands in 2015 where I'm from and sold to people who kept him in horrible conditions. He lived in 12 inch by 12 inch...
  5. OsirisOmen

    Slime?

    I have a Russian Tortoise. He has a slimey texture under his shell. Any idea what that means? It'd be a big help if anyone could answer.
  6. Alissa Manning

    Elvis & Elsa the marginated tortoises

    Hello my name is Alissa and I have 2 beautiful, 5 year old Marginated Tortoises Elvis and Elsa. Before purchasing them I built my own tortoises table and did intense research so I could be prepared for anything. The only thing I am unable to identify is the difference between Female and Male...
  7. R

    New Member Introduction

    Hey everyone! I’m new on here and I just wanted to introduce myself. My wife and I are committed to getting a Russian tortoise soon. We have done a lot of research on taking care of them and housing them and we are willing to spend the money to help our future tortoise live a long and healthy...
  8. S

    New eastern box turtle mom - possible respiratory infection, HELP!

    Hi everyone! I recently adopted an eastern box turtle, Sammy, from a family member. He has been much less energetic than usual the past few days and I think (but am not sure) that his breathing may have changed. I'm not sure if I need to be concerned about a possible respiratory infection or...
  9. Bill-leopardtort

    Newbie from Massachusetts

    Hi everyone....I'm Bill and have owned a Leopard Tortoise for 21 years now. He is part of the family. His name is Abner and is a free range yard roamer in the summer and a winter basement dweller in the winter. I was actually interested in getting another one or two, possibly a female and hope...
  10. Ezarate

    Need Container Tips/ideas for my Sulcata

    Tortellini has outgrown his home so I want to make him a bigger one. because it needs to be humid, I was thinking of getting a large 65Gal Christmas Tree plastic container and make cutouts for the fogger, lights, heat lamp, ect. the problem we have is that these containers are not completely...
  11. Gianna Gamboa

    Semi-New Tortoise Owner

    Hello everyone! I just need some direction in how to help my girl. I live in Arizona and we had just moved into a new house around this time last year. It's been extremely hot lately and we've been keeping her outside until it gets over 105, then we bring her inside the house where we have a...
  12. Armadillogroomer

    New here! Still in research phase

    Hello! I've been lurking for a bit but decided it was time to join. More and more I've become interested in having a tort and I think I'm finally going to take the first step and start working on a table for one. One thing I do to relax is bring veggies and mealworms to the turtles at a nearby...
  13. R

    New and looking for suggestions

    Hi everyone! My name is Rebecca. I live in Northeastern Pennsylvania. My family is looking into getting a Russian Tortoise. The breeder says the tort will be about 5 inches big when we get him/her. I have been researching Russian tortoises for awhile now. Our indoor enclosure will be 3 feet long...
  14. MPappagallo

    New Tortoise Enthusiast

    Hi there! My name is Michele and I am new to the tortoise world. I have a grown daughter that has been rescuing tortoises in central Texas for several years, and two friends that own large, rescued Sulcatas (almost 100 pounds each), so I have been around tortoises for some time. I am now...
  15. Poslo

    Hello from Ventura CA

    About a week ago I was driving from Ojai when I saw a little tortoise crossing highway 33. I pulled over and picked up the little guy (or gal) from the hazards of the road. Having never seen a tortoise in this area, I was very curious what kind of tortoise he was. Having grown up in the...
  16. Kelmeeshell

    Introducing Tortellini

    Hi all! I’m Kelcie - 24, female, resident of Indiana USA and a new tortoise mom. His name is Tortellini and he’s a Russian tortoise I got a few days ago. I think he’s settling in well but I’m a little nervous as he’s my first tortoise and my first reptile I’ve had since childhood. I’m welcome to...
  17. AllieKat1997

    Hello From Missouri

    Well, technically I’ve been here for awhile, but I never introduced myself or my tortoise, Lumos. I’ve been passionate about animals all my life but box turtles were always my favorite, and after years and years of hunting the woods for them, and years and years of adoring them, I said screw...
  18. Jessthemess

    I made a mistake and need your guys help

    hey everyone my name is Jessie and about 6 months ago my boyfriend and I jumped head first into being new tortoise owners. We made an extremely rash decision and bought two tortoises from a shady at best exotic pet store. One of them is a lovley Russian named wrinkles that I am estimating to be...
  19. Turtmum

    Hello! New Box Turtle Mum, Advice is Always Welcome!

    Hello Tortoise and Turtle lovers, My husband and I have always wanted to keep a turtle and we finally had the chance to get one. We have done a lot of research but still appreciate advice from more experienced box turtle parents! A little bit about our new baby: Her name is Clementine (due to...
  20. Plum

    I have new tortoises!!!

    Hi! I have just collected 2 tortoises and I am overjoyed! I was given them by a friend who could no longer look after them but I felt very ill prepared! Been to the reptile shop to get advice and before they moved in managed the following set up: -Tort table (approx 4ft by 2ft) -Corn...
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